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Mawlynnong – Come Visit Asia’s Cleanest Village on Budget Travel

Mawlynnong, famous as ‘Asia’s Cleanest Village’ is also known as ‘God’s Own Garden’. Mawlynonng is a small cozy village residing in the lap of East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. The moment I stepped into the village, the mesmerizing natural beauty and cleanliness made me realize how it has managed to brag the title. People living in cities should take a break from their monotonous life and visit this place to understand why garbage is to be thrown in dustbins and not on the road. The native people of Mawlynonng are literate and very friendly. Their warm gestures will make you cherish the memories of your trip for a lifetime.

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Mawlynonng is an inviting place to all travelers. Photography by Diju Champak Nath

Mawlynnong : An Overview

Location North East India
State Meghalaya
Regional Language Khasi
Title Asia’s Cleanest Village, God’s Own Garden
Climate Mild Temperate
Mode of Travel Road
Best Time to Visit March- July
Nearby Places Dawki, Krang Shuri Waterfall
Nearest Airport Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati
Budget 14000-20000 INR for a week

 

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Mawlynonng is Asia’s cleanest village. Photography by Shubham Jain

How To Reach Mawlynnong ?

The nearest airport from Mawlynonng is in Guwahati, Assam. Flights are available from any city to Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Mawlynnong is around 190 kms away from the airport. You can either take a car from the airport directly to Mawlynlong or break your journey i.e Guwahati – Shillong – Mawlynnong. Car rentals are available at the airport which starts from around 1500 rupees from the airport to Shillong.

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Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Photography by Tushar Mane

Best Time To Visit Mawlynnong

Mawlynonng can be visited around the year. But, my personal experience says that the best days are from March till July. Meghalaya is at its vibrant glamour during monsoon and truly so, the rivers, streams and waterfalls are at its abundance at that time.

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Mawlynonng is personification of natural beauty. Photography by Anuj Pitamber

Where to Stay in Mawlynnong ?

If you are planning to stay overnight or 2-3 days at Mawlynonng, homestays can be a good option. But, pre-book and go as there are not many homestays, and during the peak season it is difficult to get one if booking is not done, unless you are very lucky. Homestays start from 1300 per night and if booking is done for group, you might get it at a discounted price. If you do not have any plans to stay overnight, there are hotels available in Shillong. Hotels in Shillong can be very pocket-friendly, starting from 699 rupees for one night.

It is always safe to carry sufficient liquid cash if you are travelling to Mawlynlong. ATMs are available in Shillong but further outskirts of Shillong, ATMs are very few and they easily run out of cash. You might have to travel quite a distance to find an ATM and North-east region is not fully digitalized yet, so a major fraction of people are not aware of Paytm and other digital payment platforms. It is advisable to take cash from Shillong to avoid any hassle.



Things to do in Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is a hub of nature and magical beauty for people who like to escape from the urban jungle once in a while. While there, do not miss witnessing the list below –

Living Root Bridge

Visit the living root bridge of Riwai which the Khasi residents engineered by manipulating the tree roots for their daily convenience to cross rivers and streams. It takes several years to strengthen and form the bridge.

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A double Root Bridge in Cherrapunji. Photography by Rohan Mehta

Riwai Waterfall & Pool

Just below the bridge, there is this picturesque waterfall and clear pool beside which you can relax, even take a bath.

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Riwai Pool. Photography by Apurva Tanna

Balancing Rock

Also, don’t miss out the balancing rock which a phenomena one of its kind, where a huge horizontal boulder miraculously balances itself on a smaller vertical rock.

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The Balancing Rock. Photography by Paras Handuja

Bamboo Watch Towers

Apart from these, climb to the top of the sky watch tower, or “Machan” in local language, to have a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking beauty. The watch towers are made of bamboo around 80 feet high and climbing up the tower is quite adventurous too. Imagine the splendid view from the top!

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A bamboo tree house known as Machan in Mawlynnong. Photography by Garima Verma

Church of Epiphany

This is a 100 years old church, established by Welsh Christian Missionaries, which still charms the surrounding by its antique aura. The church is surrounded by orange trees and greenery. Strolls throughout the premises will definitely sooth your mind.

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Church of Epiphany. Photography by Rajio Nirmal

Trekking

The terrain of Meghalaya is a diverse and unpredictable one. One moment it is meadows, another it is tablelands and then quarry. Though the terrains are not difficult to trek, the rocks might be slippery due to rainfall. It is a good idea to hire a local guide who has knowledge about the region and camping spots.

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A church in Mawlynonng. Photography by Debarbita Bose

A Stroll in the Village

North-eastern region is rich in flora and fauna. Take a walk in the rustic alleys of the village, indulge yourself in the greenery and see the varieties of orchids which is a very common sight in almost every household.

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Some native knick knacks and some food. Photography by Vidhi Jain

Try the Local ‘Thali’ at Mawlynlong

When you are done, do not forget to enjoy a ‘thali’ of local food. The food is prepared from organic home grown vegetables. Pork is frequent in Khasi households but if you are a vegetarian, there are regional delicacies for you too. Veg or non-veg, both are equally lip smacking. There are no specific names for the eateries, number of sheds will be available around where you can have a sumptuous meal for 120-200 rupees per thali.

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Local delicacy at Mawlynnong. Photography by Rishika Roy

Plan a Trip to Mawlynonng Soon – Its Worth It

In the journey, enjoy the meandering roads from Guwahati to Mawlynlong. It might seem like you are in Scotland but you are not, it’s in India. So, keep an eye outside the window and enjoy the mystic beauty. Make sure not to litter the place as the residents put a lot of effort to keep their surroundings clean, also you have to pay a fine if you do. There are people living around here, make minimum noise.

The Khasi Hill region is a matrilineal society and women are highly respected in Meghalaya which makes it one of the safest place for women to venture out alone. Women can, undoubtedly, have a safe stay over here.

Mawlynnong in Pictures

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Some kids playing happily on the strees of Mawlynonng. Photography by Debraj Ghosh

 

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The Pitcher plant. Photography by Olimpriya Gogoi

 

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Positive vibe souvenirs at Mawlynonng. Photography by Afsal Backer

 

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A post office at Mawlynonng. Photography by Shree

 

 

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Mawlynong in a beautiful collage. Photography by Priya

Have a happy stay at Mawlynlong!

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Pronomika Roy

Pronamika Roy is a Corporate Alliance Manager by profession and a trained dancer by passion. She loves to sneak out once or twice in a month to some new destination. She loves travelling and always carries a book along with her while travelling as she loves reading a good novel when surrounded by nature.

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